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President Obama holds news conference at G20 summit in Turkey

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ANTALYA, Turkey (AP) - President Barack Obama says the Islamic State is "the face of evil" and that all nations need to step up their efforts to combat the threat it poses. President Barack Obama says putting large numbers of U.S. troops on the ground to combat the threat from the Islamic State would be "a mistake."
    
He says that's not just his view, but the view of some of his closest military and civilian advisers.
    
The president says the fight against the Islamic State terrorist threat requires participation of the people in Iraq and Syria to push back against ideological extremes.

Obama spoke Monday at a news conference in Antalya, Turkey, at the close of a summit of 20 nations. The talks have been overshadowed by Friday's attacks in Paris that killed at least 129 people.
    
He said: "We need to be doing everything we can to protect against more attacks and protect our people."
    
Obama will fly from Turkey to the Philippines for talks with Asian leaders.

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